The new kid on the block in the Craven red line the Firs Syrah gives Mick the chance to explore the diversity of site specific syrahs possible within Stellenbosch. The Firs comes from a vineyard planted out on deep red clay soils; much heavier in texture than they rocky soils of Faure. This difference combines with Firs also being a naturally warmer site to produce a finished wine where a richer fruit character dominates alongside slightly sweeter spice notes.
The transparency of interpretation of the vineyard is enhanced by the fact that the winemaking approach taken here is almost identical to that used for the Faure. Specifically, this means 100% whole cluster fermentations using native yeasts with gentle pumpovers to build structure and keep the must aerated. The finished wine is aged for 10 months in older oak which helps to build structure without adding excessive oak flavours. It is bottled unfined and unfiltered with just the bare minimum SO2 addition. Still overall typified by a fresh elegant style the Firs Syrah offers a brilliant demonstration of how sensitive winemaking can clearly show the specifics of site in Stellenbosch.